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Old Illnesses

They died of what?

Below are the names of some of the old illnesses.
Can you add any to the list?  If so, please e-mail coordinator for inclusion here.

Old Name Description
AgueA fever (as malaria) marked by paroxysms of chills, fever, and sweating that recur at regular intervals
Dairy FeverFever lasting one day; notable, considering the death rate associated with fevers
DropsyEdema (swelling) associated with congestive heart failure
Grocer's ItchSkin disease caused by mites in sugar and flour.
Mad Hatter's DiseaseMercury poisoning causing brain damage; seen in felt hat assemblers.
Malignant Sore ThroatDiphtheria
Milk SicknessDisease from milk of cows that had eaten poisonous weeds.
Trench FootSwelling and blisters on the foot making your cells in your foot die so you can't feel it caused by standing in the wet.
Trench MouthPainful ulcers & gingivitis along gum line due to poor nutrition & hygiene; first named after soldiers in trenches during WW I
Winter FeverPneumonia

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